2013 Conference Field Trip Y - Fort Clinch State Park
|Aerial view of Fort Clinch|
|Fort Clinch State Park Recreation Map|
|Fort Clinch is part of a greenway that provides habitat|
for shorebirds& birds of prey. Photo by Dawna Moore.
One of the trip's adventures will be on Willow Pond Trail, which begins in a maritime hammock and winds through a depression marsh and around a series of freshwater ponds. These ponds offer prime habitat for alligators and turtles. Egan’s Creek Marsh borders the west boundary of the park and a saltwater estuary abundant with marine life. The salt marsh offers scenic vistas and is populated with wading birds while the beaches provide a critical foraging and nesting habitat for colonial shorebirds and sea turtles. We hope attendees will see some of the year's first turtle nests - there were more than 40 last year, including 3 different species. Hikers will definitely come across Spanish dagger (Yucca gloriosa), an endangered species, and erect prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia stricta), a threatened species, so it's best to stay sure-footed and refrain from running.
|Pedestrian-friendly historic Fernandina is a fun|
place for lunch and an afternoon stroll.
Sign up for field trip Y before it fills up. Space is limited.